Council questions on ICT professional recognition, cybersecurity
On 31 May, I asked a council question on when the government will resume its work on establishing a qualification framework for ICT professionals but with much disappointment, ITB replied the government has no plan to re-initiate the discussion citing the lack of consensus. Another council question that I raised on 31 May launched on the cybersecurity measures of the public institutions in regard to the incident that the computer system of a consultancy firm working on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge project was attacked by ransomware.
Discussion with Government’s IT T-contract staff
I met with over 30 IT professionals currently working across different government departments under “T-contract” arrangement to garner the views and suggestions on improving the system which has long been drawing criticism. Attendants criticised the government of treating them as “disposable assets”. The discussion pointed towards reforms such as allowing T-contract staff with long service period to opt for transition and eliminating the unreasonable “sterilisation period” when a staff was hired by another agency for the same position.
Media briefing on Draft Public Records Bill
Together with Hon Tanya Chan, Hon Dennis Kwok, the Archives Action Group and other civil groups, we introduced the Draft Public Records Bill that Hon Chan, Hon Kwok and I will table as a Members’ Bill in Legco. We also urged the incoming administration to implement such archives law to protect the citizens' right to know.
Issues of concern
Reviewing laws to enable sharing economy to flourish
Mr Nicholas Yang, the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, announced the government’s “zero-tolerance” attitude towards ride-sharing and room-sharing platforms during Legco Q&A this week (7 June) and reiterated that “innovation must comply with laws”. This in itself sounded to be correct, yet Mr Yang must have overlooked that many items we take for granted today were innovations that were illegal in the beginning. A responsible government should conduct a proper review and consultation on regulatory approach, rather than hampering innovation using decades-old laws with no regard to citizens’ needs, effectively maintaining the status quo that only benefit vested interests.
Is it too much to ask for a air traffic control system that works?
The new air traffic management system reportedly needs to be rebooted manually every two weeks to prevent system collapse. With numerous incidents concerning the system, the government has to admit the problem and start considering to procure a new system before it is too late.
Ban the ivory trade now
A public hearing on the government’s proposal to phase out the local trade in ivory was held on this Tuesday. Since 1990, the international trade in elephant specimens including ivory was banned except in Hong Kong, and the trade is still permitted upon applying for license from the government. I stated at the hearing of my support to completely ban the local ivory trade.
Impeach CY Leung
I supported the impeachment motion at Legco this week on CY Leung in regard of his interference in the Legco’s select committee to investigate the UGL case. CY Leung and Holden Chow had tarnished the reputation of the government and LegCo respectively and set an utterly inappropriate precedence of intervention by the CE. We must uphold the independence and integrity of our legislature and condemn them both.
What are the policies the ITB should prioritise?
The IMD might have ranked Hong Kong as the most competitive economy but experts and professionals were less optimistic than our government who seemed to take pride of the result but ignored our widening gap with our competitors in the race of innovation. In my latest column on HKEJ, I identified the immediate actions the ITB must take for us to catch up in the race. (Full version of my policy proposals can be found here)